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Suede Singles Retrospective

Suede are the progenitors of Britpop; they kickstarted the renaissance of British music, effectively usurping more popular American acts. Their first single, ‘The Drowners,’ was released in May 1992. Before they even released that single, Select famously flaunted their new rentboy, Brett Anderson, on the cover as the new face of Britain. Hype from that ‘Yanks Go Home’ cover piece was stifling, and Suede were poised to take over the world. Well, I’ll leave the rest of their sordid history to David Barnett’s newly republished biography. Twenty years after their debut, Suede are back with their magnificent sixth album, Bloodsports. Since they are reclaiming their spot as one of the most important British bands of the past two decades, it would be the perfect time to review their rich catalogue of singles. Suede have a justifiable reputation as a band with consistently amazing singles, perhaps only eclipsed by their b-sides. Yes, Suede are definitely one of those bands known for their b-sides and rarities as much as their singles!

Barriers (2013)

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This is going to be the song that makes you fall in love with Suede all over again. Which is perfect since this song is all about love. Simon Gilbert's dashing rhythm mimics the speeding heartbeat of someone in the throes of infatuation. Brett's performance is majestic as his sing-along chorus gradually rises to an intoxicating crescendo. This song might be about a past love, but it seems to describe our journey with Suede. We've made it through the tough years where the band's songs were mired in personal issues and a loss of inspiration. Now, we've overcome those barriers, and we are witnessing a new age for this incredible band. Watch the music video:

Britpopping since I first heard 'Animal Nitrate' in 1993